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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert Eugene Byrne
USA-ch Playoff (1973), Chicago, IL USA, rd 3, Feb-05
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  0-1



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Sep-21-09  Patriot: <<johnlspouge>: Much to my surprise, Toga evaluated the game as a win for <White> as early as move 35 (value +1.2 P)! It evaluates 39.Re7 (instead of the lemon 39.Be5) at more than +5 P.>

Ouch! Talking about a "hope chess" move! Maybe Reshevsky was trying to meet the time control...

Sep-21-09  LIFE Master AJ: :) I got it. (But not 39...BxB; hoping for mate next move, (on g2). The problem is that 40.QxB+ (is check), and there comes 40...Rg7; 41.Rg3, and White will win. (The Black Queen on a2 cannot get back to aid in the defense of g7.)
Sep-21-09  LIFE Master AJ: Reshevsky vs R Byrne, 1973

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White: Kh2, Qd6, Be5, Re3; WP's - b3, c4, g2, & h3. Black: Kh8, Qa2, Bg7, Rg8; BP's - a7, b6, c5, & h7.

Black to play here and make his 39th move. (What is the correct move?)

Sep-21-09  Patriot: <LIFE Master AJ> Umm...Isn't your puzzle the same as today's puzzle?
Sep-21-09  lentil: I recall a game in which Reshevsky fell for a cheapo stalemate combo. I thought R Byrne was the perpetrator, but the game does not appear to be in their records. Does anybody know where I can find this game?
Sep-21-09  Hy0gA: Hello! Somebody know wich was the game/problem from yesterday??? I miss it. Thanks!!!
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  keypusher: <lentil>

Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963

C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942

Sep-21-09  Summerfruit: Material is even.

39...Qxg2+ 40.Kxg2 Bxe5+ winning easily.

Sep-21-09  Marmot PFL: If Reshevsky had won all the games he blundered away in time trouble he might have been world champion.
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  johnlspouge: < <JohnBoy> wrote: <johnl> - I guess that answers my question! >

It sure does, doesn't it :)

I apologize for not acknowledging your post, <JohnBoy>: I found it only after I posted Toga's analysis.

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  kevin86: A queen sac sets up a discovered check and regain of the lady-with a bishop as interest.

It doesn't work the other way- 39...♗xe5+ ♕xe5+ and black cannot mate at g2

Sep-21-09  DrCurmudgeon: <It doesn't work the other way- 39...Bxe5+ 40.Qxe5+ and black cannot mate at g2 >

That's the least of his worries. After 40.Qxe5+ Rg7 41.Rg3, White mates on g7.

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  patzer2: After Reshevsky's 39. Be5??, Byrne's 39...Qxg2+! wins the game and solves today's Monday puzzle using the discovered check tactical theme.
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  playground player: <SamAtoms1980> Holy cow! I made exactly the same mistake--reading it as White to play--and coming up with exactly the same move, Rg3. Set it up on my chessboard, too, and it does win. But I did waste some time looking for a way for White to sac his Queen!

Happily for me, I discovered it was Black to move before I looked for the solution: and Black's Queen sac was obvious.

Sep-21-09  lentil: <keypusher>: thanks: it was the evans game that I was looking for.
Sep-21-09  Free Thinker Boy: Isn't 39...Bxe5ch(double) 40...Qxg2 mate a better move?
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  Gypsy: <Free Thinker Boy: Isn't 39...Bxe5ch(double) 40...Qxg2 mate a better move?>

39...Bxe5+?? 40.Qxe5+ Rg7 41.Rg3... 1:0

Sep-21-09  Free Thinker Boy: Ahhh...didn't see that check! haha..silly me, thanks Gypsy!
Sep-21-09  MiCrooks: Sammy was one of the greatest ever, but he had other things in his life than just chess. Time trouble was a problem for him his whole career.

The amazing thing here is that he was that in his mid-60's he was kicking the very talented Robert Byrne's butt before he blundered! Byrne was what--30? Back then (and even now to some extent) that would have put him in his prime!

Sammy, Fischer, Morphy three best Americans ever.

Sep-21-09  soprano: 39... Qxg2 hehe
Sep-21-09  VincentL: Didn't see this instantly, as some Mondays and Tuesdays; first I tried 39... Bxe5, but saw the recapture is with check. So 39.... Qxg2+ 40. Kxg2 Bxe5+
Reshevsky must have been in time trouble here.
Sep-21-09  remolino: Hi guys, I am back after holidays.

So Monday is a good day to be back, and 39...Qxg2 will do the trick. Typical Monday queen sac. Nice variation on the motif though.

Sep-21-09  wals: 39.Be5 instead of Re7 scuttled Swinging Sammy.
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  mig55: Sax vs Smejkal, 1977

Another nice one

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  Eggman: <<Sammy, Fischer, Morphy three best Americans ever>>

No doubt about Fischer and Morphy being in the top three, but as for Reshevsky, there is at least some doubt; legit arguments could be made for Fine and most especially Pillsbury, both of whom had their careers cut short, and neither of whom got a chance to go for the world championship, despite being very deserving of a shot.

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